Medical Malpractice Cases

Dr. FLORENCE HEIMBERG Medical Malpractice Cases

Court Case # 09-CA-05203

Indemnity Paid: $1,000,000.00

Medical Malpractice Closed Claims Report

Department File Number :M201159782
Claim Number :137337
Date Submitted :2/3/2011
Insurer Information
Insurer NameCoverage Type
Insurer FEINProfessional License Number
Insurer Contact Information
TypeFirst NameMILast Name
IndividualTeresa Ross
Street Address
One Park Plaza P.O. Box 555
PhoneExtFaxE-Mail Address
(615) 344 - 5804
Insured Information
TypeFirst NameMILast Name
Insurer TypeStreet Address of Practice
Licensed804 40th Street W
CityStateZip CodeCounty
Policy NumberPer Claim Policy LimitsAggregate Policy Limits
Profession or BusinessOther Profession or Business
Medical Doctor 
License NumberSpecialty Code & ClassificationCertification Number
ME41255Radiology - Diagnostic - No Surgery01

Medical Malpractice Closed Claims Report

Injured Person Information
First NameMILast NameDate of Birth
Street AddressGenderCounty where Injury Occurred
CityStateZip Code
Location where injury occuredOther location where injury occured
Hospital Outpatient Facility 
Name of InstitutionCode
Location of Institutional InjuryOther Location of Institutional Injury
Date of OccurrenceDate Reported to Insurer
Diagnostic Information
Final Diagnosis For Which Treatment Was Sought Including Patient's Actual Condition
Left breast cancer.
Operation, Diagnostic, Or Treatment Procedure Rendered Causing The Injury
Allegations that physician failed to properly read the 2/29/07 mammogram & left breast sonogram.
Diagnostic Code : 
Misdiagnosis Made, If Any, Of Patient's Actual Condition
On 2/28/07, patient had a bilateral diagnostic mammogram & left breast sonogram interpreted by named physician. On mammogram there was a new focal area of asymmetry in the mid medial posterior left breast measuring 1.9 cm.However sonogram did not correspond the findings on mammogram. She was assigned a BI-RADS of 3 follow up in 6 months. On 9/26/07 left breast mammogram & sonogram interpreted by another physician revealed asymmetry increased in size to 2 cm but was not seen on sonogram. Needle localization of left breast was positive for invasive ductal carcinoma. On 1/14/08 she underwent left total mastectomy, sentinel node biopsy & right prophylactic total mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. She refused axillary node dissection & axillary radiation. Staging studies revealed right breast showed DCIS multifocal in right breast. Her breast cancer was diagnosed as Stage II & she commenced with "dose-dense" chemotherapy treatments. A 2.2 cm lesion in right lobe of liver was negative on first CT liver biopsy on 3/11/08 & positive for metastatic CA on second CT liver biopsy done on 3/31/08. Her cancer stage upgraded to a Stage IV. She had a Cyberknife procedure 8/18/08 on liver.
Principal Injury Giving Rise To The Claim
Delayed diagnosis of breast cancer resulting in spread of cancer.
Severity Of Injury
Permanent: Significant - Deafness, loss of limb, loss of eye, loss of one kidney or lung.

Medical Malpractice Closed Claims Report


Legal Information
Date of SuitCircuit Court Case Number
County Suit Filed inDate of Final Disposition
Other Defendants Involved in this Claim
Blake Medical Center
Stage of Legal System at which Settlement was Reached or Award Made
More than 90 days, after suit filed and prior to or during the course of mandatory settlement conference.
Final Method of Claim Disposition
Settled by parties
Court DecisionOther
No Court Proceedings. 
Claim not subject to Arbitration.
Date of Payment
Financial Information
Was there a settlement Resulting in payment to the Plaintiff?Yes
Indemnity Paid by Insurer on behalf of Insured$1,000,000
Loss Adjust Expense Paid to Defense Counsel$0
All Other Loss Adjustment Expense Paid$11,984
Injured Person's Total Non-Economic Loss$800,000
Injured Person's Total Economic Loss
 Incurred to DateAnticipated
Medical Expense$100,000$100,000
Wage Loss$0$0
Other Expenses$0$0
Safety Management Steps Taken by Insured to Make Similar Occurrence Less Likely
Review of policies and procedures.
No updates found.



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